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Marathon training kick-off starts this Saturday, May 23rd at the Northeast Foot Traffic store! Register now or register when you get there. Don't train alone this season!

Eventbrite - Foot Traffic University 2015 Session One

More info? Call 503.284.0345 or email

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Brand Spanking New 5K Program:

January 31st - April 4th

8 weeks of training group

workouts, guest speakers, & more! Recommended goal event is the Hop Hop 5k on April 4th, but you are able to choose a wide variety of goal events to work towards.


$45 New Members


Marathon Program:

Trains up to Oct. 4th.

An example of your goal event!

Register through June.

Jump into our current marathon training program and take advantage of great pace mentors and training partners for your remaining long runs/walks. Group workouts, guest speakers, & more! Recommended goal event is the Portland Marathon, but you any fall marathon is applicable.


$125 New Members

$90 Returning members (must register in store for this price. 


Session One 10K Program:

January 31st-April 19th

FTU Pace Mentors offer guidance!

3 months of training, group workouts, guest speakers, & more! Prepares you for the 10k race distance.


$65 New Members

$45 for returning members (must register in store for this price)


Session One Half Marathon Program:

January 31st - July 4th

6 months of training group

workouts, guest speakers, & more! Recommended goal event is the Flat Half Marathon on July 4th, but you are able to choose a wide variety of goal events to work towards.


$95 New Members

$70 for returning members (must register in store for this price)






Experts agree that one of the best ways to follow through and achieve a goal is by following the simple menomic, SMART.
SMART goals are....

M measurable
A action-oriented
R realistic
T time-based

FTU is a big bundle of S.M.A.R.T all rolled into one fantastic training program! Whether your goal is to lose weight and complete your first event or simply get a little faster for your next half marathon, this program is PROVEN to get members to their goals. This is our 10th year of helping runners & walkers just LIKE YOU! Join today and train with hundreds of others at YOUR pace.

A little more about FTU....

Foot Traffic University is Portland's original & most-trusted training program focusing on the 10K or Half Marathon distances (and now the marathon distance as well!). GREAT for those new to the sport or those that are interested in continuing their training.  Our program usually boasts around 200-300 members, which means there are MORE pace groups and more people at YOUR LEVEL!


FTU provides a coach for runners and a separate dedicated coach for walkers as well. We also provide pace mentors for a WIDE VARIETY of paces all the way up to 20 plus-minutes per mile! We also have separate pace groups for those looking to slowly transition from walking to jogging.


Remember, it's much easier to complete a goal when working with similarly focused individuals. Many of our members find life-long training partners to continue their training long after the program has finished. Plus, you'll pick up lots of great training tips, get unlimited email contact with experienced coaches, and have fun running or walking beautiful, unique courses around Portland.


We hope to see you soon!


Locations and times


Meets at various locations and various parks throughout the Portland Metro area including Downtown Portland, Southeast Portland, Northeast Portland, Vancouver, &  more!



Most Saturdays at 8am. Locations and schedule will be emailed to registered participants.  Session One's first meeting is on January 31sth at the Sellwood Foot Traffic (click here for directions) at 8am. Please be prepared for a very LIGHT jog or walk that morning.

More great features include:
  • Member tech shirts to all!
    FTU members


    Join FTU and discover

    FANTASTIC training partners!

  • FREE gear including Saucony socks!
  • Special VIP member discounts on benchmark events including the Cinco de Mayo, Bridge to Brews, Rum Run, Earth Day Run, Lake Run, the Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon, the Holiday Half, Run Like Hell, Champoeg Half Marathon, & more!
  • Weekly schedules delivered to you with specific workouts for eachweekday.
  • Professional coaching in a relaxed and super fun environment!
  • Over 20 pace mentors for runners and walkers and large pace groups with plenty of people at YOUR pace!
  • Marked courses with maps each weekend at beautiful locations.
  • 10% discounts to all Foot Traffic stores! 15% off Saucony shoes!
  • Workouts last no later than 11:30am (and usually sooner), so you'll be ready for your weekend in no time!




More Info:
Call 503.284.0345 or email


1.) I can't make the first meeting or I may miss some workouts or even the goal event. Is that a problem?

Nope! The first day is a fantastic time to get acquainted, but the workout is brief and you'll be able to pick up where we left off the next week with little problem. The rest of the workouts are absolutely imperative to your success, but we all miss a few weekend because of tough schedules every now and then. You will get weekly workouts emailed to you, so you can always do some on your own! And the final event...well, you can choose any event to work towards! The events we chose just happen to be great for first timers.

2.) Where and when does this program meet?

FTU meets pretty much most Saturday mornings at 8am. We meet ALL over the Portland/Vancouver area and alternate locations each weekend so you don't get bored with the same course over and over again and it keeps it interesting. There are optional group workouts during the week around Portland, but the workouts we give to you are meant to also be done on your own during your busy work week.

3.) I have NO idea what pace I am. How do I know what group to join.

Here's a secret: Even returning members have difficulty figuring out their pace the first few meetings! The 2nd weekend, we will be heading to a track for a pace evaluation to get familiar with your natural per mile pace. We have tons of pace groups and it is expected that you will start in one pace group and switch to a different one after a few weeks of training. Here are the pace groups available to choose from:
8 min, 9 min, 9:30 min, 10 min, 10:30 min, 11 min, 11 min walk/run combo, 12 min. walk/run combo, 13 min walk/run combo, 15-16 min walk, 16-17 min walk, 17 min and over walk.

4.) I can't run the whole time, but I'd like to try. Is there a jog/walk combo group?

YES! We have 3 different walk/jog pace groups (11 min, 12 min, 13 min). Each one will be following the "Galloway" model with respects to the exact walk/jog ratio. Each group has a slightly different ratio and their own pace mentor! Something for just about everyone!

5.) Do I have to attend every meeting? I'll be gone on certain weekends?

No! We understand that we all have busy schedules and family and jobs often take priority. FTU is meant to compliment your busy life, not become another source of anxiety. Most of the workouts you can do on your own. Of course, the more meetings you make, the better success you'll see!

6.) Can a friend show up with me the first day to see if they like it and pay afterward?

Absolutely! The first day is a TON of fun and a great way to find out what you're in for! If they decide that it's not what they're looking for, no problem! But we think they'll like it!

7.) Are there weekday workout options?

YES! They are not mandatory, but we STRONGLY encourage you to look at the group workouts at the bottom of this page and join fellow members there.

8.) I'd love to find training partners from this group. How do I do that?

We LOVE the sense of community FTU provides and we want to encourage that. As a result, we HIGHLY recommend members join our Facebook group (click here) to post their progress, look for training partners, post pictures, and ask questions. We can't give everyone's email out, so this is the best way for participants to communicate outside of the group in a safe way. In addition, we work on facilitating communication at the meetings as well. 

9.) My friend has much more/less experience than me. Do we start at the same mileage?

Nope! We have THREE separate workout plans for beginners, 'tweeners, and advanced/returners. Everyone hits the reset button the first few weeks, but you'll notice that returning members follow a more demanding schedule than someone that's just starting out. We have plenty of people in EVERY group!

10.) How do I find out what mileage to do each week? How do you contact me?

You will receive a weekly email with a detailed workout summary with EXACT workouts you need to train at. The email will also remind you about where we're meeting the next weekend and what the mileage/topic/course will be as well.


Have you completed FTU before? Are you coming back for more? Then invite your friends! If you refer a brand new member get $10 store credit!  Make sure that the new member gives you credit for helping them make the best decision (well maybe just a really good one) of their lives.


Questions/Contact: Email or call 503.284.0345




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